Journal Article

Locating research in agricultural innovation trajectories: Evidence and implications from empirical cases from South Asia

T. S. Vamsidhar Reddy, Andy Hall and Rasheed Sulaiman

in Science and Public Policy

Volume 39, issue 4, pages 476-490
Published in print August 2012 | ISSN: 0302-3427
Published online July 2012 | e-ISSN: 1471-5430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scs034
Locating research in agricultural innovation trajectories: Evidence and implications from empirical cases from South Asia

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Agricultural innovation is a process that takes a multitude of different forms, and, within this process, agricultural research and expertise are mobilised at different points in time for different purposes. This paper uses two key analytical principles to establish how research is actually put into use. The first, which concerns the configurations of organisations and their relationships associated with innovation, reveals the additional set of resources and expertise that research needs to be married to, and sheds light on the types of arrangements that allow this marriage to take place. The second, which concerns understanding innovation as a path-dependent, contextually shaped trajectory unfolding over time, reveals the changing role of research during the course of events associated with the development and diffusion of products, services and institutional innovations. This paper examines the efforts of the Research Into Use programme funded by the UK Department for International Development that sought to explore the agricultural research-into-use question empirically.

Keywords: agricultural innovation; value chain innovation; Research Into Use; South Asia; innovation trajectories; Research for Development

Journal Article.  9111 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology ; Innovation ; Technological Change; Research and Development ; Public Policy

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